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FBI Report Details Alleged Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie Plane Incident From 2016

An FBI report in which agents detailed allegations Angelina Jolie made about the behavior of her then-husband Brad Pitt on a flight with the couple's children has been released as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. 

By Jill Sederstrom
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the 15th Annual AFI Awards Luncheon

Brad Pitt allegedly accused Angelina Jolie of “ruining this family” during a 2016 flight on the former couple’s private jet that the actress claimed had turned physical, according to an FBI report.

The report, which was obtained by NBC News, provided apparent details about the tension-filled alleged incident in September 2016 that reportedly fractured the Jolie-Pitt family and signaled the couple’s end.

An anonymous “Jane Doe” sought the release of the documents as part of a recently sealed Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, filed against the FBI to obtain the report.

According to the filing — viewed by the NBC News in March — the plaintiff was seeking to gain records surrounding an incident concerning her “then-husband, and their children, who were all minors at the time" that occurred when they "were traveling via private aircraft.”

The report details the woman's accusations that the man had engaged in “physical and verbal” assault against her and their children, noting that the victims of the alleged abuse had “lasting physical and mental trauma as a result of the assault.”

Sources familiar with the pair's "ongoing legal battle" confirmed to NBC News that the file was about Pitt and Jolie's family.

The FBI and Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services allegedly looked into the incident shortly after the flight, but no criminal charges were ever filed by the Department of Justice, which would have had jurisdiction.

A spokesperson for the FBI declined to comment on the report or the investigation to Oxygen.com.

It has long been reported that Pitt and Jolie had some sort of altercation on a private flight to Los Angeles in 2016 shortly before she filed for divorce.

According to NBC News's account of the report, Jolie, Pitt and their six children had been flying to Los Angeles in their private plane at the end of a family trip when Jolie claimed that Pitt, who she said had been drinking, began to criticize her for her parenting, describing one child as looking “like a f---ing Columbine kid.”

She said that the argument continued to escalate after the two went to the back of the plane to try to avoid being overheard by the kids. Jolie told the FBI that Pitt “grabbed her by the head, shaking her,” and was “grabbing her at the shoulders and shaking her,” before he punched the ceiling of the plane four times.

When one child tried to intervene to ask Jolie if she was OK, Pitt allegedly responded, “No mommy’s not OK. She’s ruining this family. She's crazy.”

Jolie also alleged that she had to physically hold Pitt back by his neck to prevent him from attacking an unnamed person on the plane who allegedly told Pitt in response, "It’s not her, it’s you, you prick."

Jolie alleged that her hand and elbow were hurt in the struggle.

She then claimed that Pitt spilled wine on a seat and eventually poured beer on her as she sat under a blanket with her children.

When the plane finally landed, Jolie has said Pitt forced the family to remain on the plane.

“You’re not going anywhere,” he allegedly shouted. “You’re not getting off this f------ plane. F--- you all. I’m f------ leaving you.”

A source close to Pitt told People in 2016 that the actor denied allegations Jolie had made public at the time accusing the actor of getting physical with their then-17-year-old son Maddox during the flight.

“He is emphatic that it did not reach the level of physical abuse, that no one was physically harmed,” the source said. “He did not hit his child in the face in any way. He did not do that; he is emphatic about that. He put his hands on him, yes, because the confrontation was spiraling out of control.”   

Jolie adopted Maddox in 2002 before her relationship with Pitt, who adopted him in 2006. Jolie filed for divorce later in September 2016.

After the latest FBI report surfaced, a source speaking to NBC News was critical of Jolie for allegedly seeking to make it public.

“This report was given to both parties, almost six years ago. We both had it, in its entirety,” the source told NBC News. “The final paragraph (...) is very clear and concise about the fact that all parties, all law enforcement agreed on the decision to not press charges. This was not like a close call. They did their investigation as they’re supposed to. And the decision was made with all parties in agreement.”

Pitt opened up about his struggles with alcohol to GQ in 2017 and said he had stopped drinking after it had become “problem.”

“I can't remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn't boozing or had a spliff, or something. Something. And you realize that a lot of it is, um — cigarettes, you know, pacifiers. And I'm running from feelings. I'm really, really happy to be done with all of that,” he said. He added that, although he'd stopped using everything but alcohol after starting a family, he cut out booze, too, after his split with Jolie.

Representatives for Jolie and Pitt have yet to comment on the FBI report.